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Steaming Hot Planet in Infrared


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Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. This artist's impression shows an infrared view of a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope observed this type of system in infrared light, providing the breakthrough. The planet, HD 189733b, lies 63 light-years away in the constellation Vulpecula. It was discovered in 2005 as it transited its parent star, dimming the star's light by some three percent.


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Creator ESA - C. Carreau
Date 0000
Relation NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet [ http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/Media/releases/ssc2007-12/release.shtml ]
Insightuid nasaNAS~12~12~67468~172269
Source http://sscws1.ipac.caltech.edu/Imagegallery/image.php?image_name=ssc2007-12c
What Discovery
What Spitzer Space Telescope
What Constellation
What Vulpecula
Identifier SPITZ-ssc2007-12c
Addeddate 2009-10-06 03:54:32
Publicdate 2009-10-06 07:10:35

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